Orangutan mother and baby rescued after being stoned by humans

Orangutan Mother And Baby Rescued After Being Stoned By Humans
Indonesia's wildfires have forced many animals to flee from their homes, but even among those who make it out alive, the challenges can be far from over.

A Bornean orangutan and her young baby found their way out of the flames and into a village.

Locals didn't take to the pair kindly, casting stones at the two endangered animals and attempting to tie a rope onto the mother.

A person who witnessed the attack grew concerned and notified the International Animal Rescue.

Members of that group arrived at the scene in time to help.

The mother was severely malnourished and underweight. Experts estimated it had been about a month since she had eaten.

Somehow, she was still able to produce enough milk to feed her baby.

Rescuers also noted that upon their arrival, the mother and child were frightened and huddled together.

The adult orangutan received treatment for wounds she had sustained and the two were then transported to a protected environment.

International Animal Rescue shared a video on Facebook of the duo being released into their new, safe home.

They also report the mother and baby are being monitored to ensure their recovery continues to be successful.

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